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Watching the Texas Returns and Open Thread

Things are hopping in Texas today. Results are being monitored at a couple of other blogs:

TalkLeft

Burnt Orange Report (as of 7:08: Clinton 45% – Obama 55% with 26% of the conventions reporting)

But we can talk about the results here too.

27 Responses

  1. Texas returns: Texas had a primary already, and Hillary won. The rest is manipulation and intimidation. You know, the usual.

    In other news, the Keep (My) Hope (For Power) Alive Tour is coming to my little town tomorrow! I am planning to stay well away.

  2. Yikes, Rich — I forgot that this would be affecting you so directly. Aside from staying away from the tour, have you seen any good ads by either of them?

    Is Hillary running ads yet?

  3. Katie- I haven’t seen or heard a Clinton ad, but to tell the truth, I only watch ESPN and listen to sports talk radio. (You know, the standard Clinton demographic!) I have heard some Obama ads and seen one or two, and while they’re competently done, they’re depressingly underwhelming for a presidential candidate. His entire appeal is that he doesn’t take lobbyist money and will therefore “work for you.” This kind of stupid boilerplate is, grudgingly, appropriate for a state legislative campaign, but by most reckonings the US presidency is still the most powerful office on Earth, and the idea that a purely formalistic, non-substantive promise (that’s not even true) would be the cornerstone of a Democratic candidate’s appeal is awesomely mediocre. And his policy prescription on energy, the only actual issue invoked in the ads, is the worst stereotype of mindless statism: windfall profits taxes on oil companies, and $150 billion in (government) research into alternative energy. Jesus Christ, if there’s one thing energy companies know how to do, it’s produce energy, so why not give them the choice of windfall profits taxes or investing those profits into alternative energy? That eliminates the structural problem, which is the current lack of incentives for Big Energy to do anything other than sell expensive oil.

    Pennsylvania has a load of problems, and I don’t think energy is #1. I haven’t heard or seen a Clinton ad yet, but it’s hard to believe that hers will be less engaged with this state and its problems that Obama’s vacuous ads. Oh, and his voice doesn’t really rub me the right way, but I assume that’s just because I’ve grown to dislike him politically.

  4. In more news:

    From the Washington Post….
    It all depends on the meaning of the words “oil companies.”

    In a new ad airing in Pennsylvania, Barack Obama uses a gas-station backdrop to declare: “Exxon’s making $40 billion a year and we’re paying $3.50 for gas. I’m Barack Obama and I don’t take money from oil companies or lobbyists and I won’t let them block change anymore.”

    This drew an e-mail blast from Hillary Clinton’s team, which accused him of “false advertising.” Clinton aides said Obama’s presidential campaign has received more than $160,000 from oil and gas companies — including $8,400 from Exxon and $12,370 from Chevron just last month. And two oil-company chief executives have acted as Obama fundraisers.

    It seems that technically, he’s taking money from EMPLOYEES of Oil companies…..

  5. Filed at 8:51 p.m. ET

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama scrambled to secure more Texas delegates Saturday as the state pushed to settle the outcome of the March 4 caucus.
    Clinton and Obama were evenly splitting the day’s support in tabulating that went into the night, the latest stage of a process that prompted frustration and challenges from supporters of both candidates.
    Obama showed strength later in the count after his rival built a 60-40 edge in Saturday’s initial results.
    http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/us/AP-Texas-Caucus.html

    “His rival” Isn’t that infuriating?
    I think he must mean Hillary…
    Weathered the fallout? Wright/

  6. (astonishing) My comment almost works with yours even though I posted mine before I saw yours (hmm)

    Anyway, your reaction to his ads matches my memories of his Kansas ads.

    Clinton’s ads were much more specific and energizing. Sadly it was in the dark days of winter when people weren’t feeling energized by her. It seemed.

  7. prohillary, ah, Obama’s rival (shaking my head) and don’t you know — there IS no Wright fallout?

  8. First Obama didn’t say anything interesting, policy-wise, because he had nothing interesting to say. Now he doesn’t say anything interesting because he is the front-runner and doesn’t want to risk anything. Of course, this didn’t require any actual change to his ads and to his public persona in general. So he gets full marks for consistency: he’s been Zelig from start to finish.

  9. Hola: found this at yahoo news. If already posted, my apologies.

    “My attitude is that Senator Clinton can run as long as she wants. Her name is on the ballot and she is a fierce and formidable competitor,” said Obama, adding that the notion that Democrats have been split by the prolonged nominating contest “is somewhat overstated.”

    You see?, Obama thinks that she CAN run as long as she wants. You are all sooooo silly.

  10. All righty, then. Upstate — If it’s OK with Obama, it’s OK with me. Let’s go for it!

  11. The white, race-baiting, hard-right Republican Illinois Senate Majority Leader James “Pate” Philip was replaced by Emil Jones Jr., a gravel-voiced, dark-skinned African- American known for chain-smoking cigarettes on the Senate floor. Jones had served in the Illinois Legislature for three decades. He represented a district on the Chicago South Side not far from Obama’s. He became Obama’s ­kingmaker.
    Several months before Obama announced his U.S. Senate bid, Jones called his old friend Cliff Kelley, a former Chicago alderman who now hosts the city’s most popular black call-in radio ­program. I called Kelley last week and he recollected the private conversation as follows:
    “He said, ‘Cliff, I’m gonna make me a U.S. Senator.'”
    “Oh, you are? Who might that be?”

    “Barack Obama.”
    http://news.houstonpress.com/2008-02-28/news/barack-obama-screamed-at-me/

    Wow, katie.
    Look what happens when you follow the links in the comments at the washingtonpost!

  12. Just came from Talk Left. It seems that Edwards and Obama won’t be going up a tree, k-i-s-s… If this is true that would explain a lot of things and rumours..ummmmhhhh

    http://www.talkleft.com/story/2008/3/29/20367/1798

  13. I have been reading the Texas threads in TL and BOReport and do not fully understand much of it (My ignorance of the process makes me feel kind of inadequate… oh well, live and learn, I guess).

    Can we just have primaries instead of caucuses next time?

  14. the burntorange blog that rd recommends is petty depressing. Also, just wanted to let you know by checking blog traffic at americablog and huffintonpost. I wondered why hillary bashing was becoming so frequent.
    It pays.
    It pays better than Britney.
    At americablog particularly, the traffic has dropped like a stone, but when you compare the number of comments with a hillary story and a non-hillary story, there is no comparisons. Whereas a regular political story gets twelve or twenty comments, anything dumping on hillary is closer to one hundred.
    So it is not necessarily ideological. It is MONEY.

  15. prohillary, I’m reading that link. Sometimes you terrify me.

  16. Obama has pulled ahead in the AP’s statewide count.

    Results are from 111 of about 280 conventions.
    Clinton: 833, or 50 percent
    Obama: 839, or 50 percent

    http://trailblazers.beloblog.com/

    scroll down

  17. same source

    Statewide: Fresh numbers
    6:33 PM Sat, Mar 29, 2008 | Permalink
    Ryan J. Rusak E-mail News tips

    The Associated Press updates the statewide canvass. These are presumably numbers from tiny counties/districts without many delegates, many of them rural:

    These results are from 84 of about 280 conventions. Clinton: 486, or 61 percent Obama: 315, or 39 percent

  18. It’s so nice of Barack to deign to allow Hillary to stay in the race. I guess he finally realized that all the screaming by his pals wasn’t having any effect on her. Because she’s tough as nails, Barack and you are a wimp (apparently Edwards actually called him a p*ssy.) I read that in a comment at Talkleft, but now I can’t find it. It was reported by Mark Halperin and then he had to apologize for it. I agree with John Edwards about that!

  19. I guess that when results from Harris and Dallas and other large urban centers come in it will shift things big in BO favour…. as I said, I do not fully understand how caucuses work and based on comments on the BOReport blog it seems to be kind of messy

  20. On NoQuarter this afternoon ces posted that she’d just
    returned from five grueling hours as Clinton alternate
    delegate in a Texas precinct.
    It seems that Obama is up to his old tricks of stealing
    caucuses, primaries, and whatever else he can think of.
    I am livid at what she described happened in her caucus:
    1) None of the regular Clinton delegates were present. Her
    precinct had 11 delegates, 8 for Obama, 3 for Clinton.
    When she called one of the missing Clinton dels she told her
    she’d been called by the Obama campaign the night before
    and told today’s meeting was cancelled. Second delegate
    she found later stuck in some “committee” meeting in some
    hidden place.
    2)Ces was told she had to get written permission from reg-
    ular delegate before she could replace her.
    3)Then she was told her vote wouldn ‘t count at all since
    policy of Caucus was winner-take-all.
    THIS IS A BLATANT LIE. Dels are apportioned by votes,
    Dems do not do winner-take-all.
    All of these attempts to steal the vote and take over a
    the democracy with almost the equivalent of a coup were done
    by – guess who – hmm, I wonder –
    OBAMA SUPPORTERS.
    Surprise surprise.
    So it’s not just messy, it’s Obamas stealing elections yet
    again. There were many stories of fraud in the Iowa caucuses,
    then Nevada, then Texas. And it continues.
    I think it’s important to spread the word on this – to media
    emails, blogs, Clinton campaign.
    He may be stealing this election – creating momentum based
    on false Iowa results. Let’s stop him.

  21. Obama campaign confuses TX Clinton delegates. Luckily someone recorded this but apparently it is happening everywhere:

  22. DisenfranchisedVoter, I’ll have to watch the video in the morning. I’ve faded away…..

  23. DV, I can see the MSNBC headline right now, Hillary Delegate Harasses Obama supporter on Phone.

    But I would love if the media picked up that Youtube video. I imagine Fox would be most willing. Are there more videos like this?

  24. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite female blogger:

    http://action.wvwv.org/favorite_blogger

    Taylor Marsh, Digby, Emptywheel, and Melissa McEwan are nominated among others.

  25. Absolutely hilarious picture, and note the time on the clock is 3:00! (presumably, it’s 3PM):

    http://rense.com/general81/poser.htm

  26. WS, in fact FOX is the only network covering this story right now. Greta posted the video on her blog and the young woman in the film responded:

    Comment by Kim Frederick
    March 29th, 2008 at 11:34 pm
    I am the person in the video. I could write a thesis on dirty tricks that have been going on in Texas…but I’ve been up for about 24 hrs now. We had received a letter from the Obama campaign saying that we were Obama delegates. We also got a robo call from the Obama campaign that we were Obama delegates. We also got a phone call from Meyer Associates who was hired by the Obama campaign. The Meyer Associates group called friends of mine telling them their convention was moved. This group was hired by the Obama campaign. In any case…in this video…we called the Obama campaign because of the Obama robocall. My partner called first and it was REALLY misleading. So I called and decided to videotape it. I am a Hillary delegate and have been volunteering for the campaign for two months. If I wasn’t up to speed on things…I could have been easily confused and decided not to go.
    Greta…if you want the full story of what has been going on…email me…I’ll give you my number, let’s talk.
    Kim
    http://gretawire.foxnews.com/2008/03/29/report-any-political-dirty-tricks-right-here/#comment-751967

  27. #
    prohillary, on March 29th, 2008 at 10:46 pm Said:

    the burntorange blog that rd recommends is petty depressing. Also, just wanted to let you know by checking blog traffic at americablog and huffintonpost. I wondered why hillary bashing was becoming so frequent.
    It pays.
    It pays better than Britney.
    At americablog particularly, the traffic has dropped like a stone, but when you compare the number of comments with a hillary story and a non-hillary story, there is no comparisons. Whereas a regular political story gets twelve or twenty comments, anything dumping on hillary is closer to one hundred.
    So it is not necessarily ideological. It is MONEY.

    Well that’s what it’s about for John. More $$s for trips to France (but not on U.S. airlines-they have terriblefood. He prefers Air France. 😉 Also, that will give him more time and $$$s for his orchids. That’s an expensive hobby isn’t it? At least that’s what I gathered from that move Bernard and Doris.

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